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Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 10 February 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 44-77508
C/n / msn: 32904
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wheeler-Sack AAF, NY (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wheeler-Sack AAF, NY (KGTB), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Curtiss C-46D transport plane, 44-77508, was the ninth in a formation of 17 that took off from Wheeler-Sack AAF, NY. It carried a crew of four and 32 paratroopers.
On takeoff it made a 90 degree turn and crashed into a row of parked aircraft.
Damaged were Fairchild C-82A Packet (44-23017/45-57795, Cat3) and Ryan L-17B Navion (48-1064, Cat3).

Sources:
» Chicago Tribune Feb. 11, 1952
» The Spokesman-Review - Feb 11, 1952


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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